Is there really a Bug in ls -l not observing the Environment Variable TIME_STYLE?

Look at this: I want to let ls-l always show the date formatted as long-iso. I was told to add a file /etc/profile.local with the line export TIME_STYLE=long-iso. I did so, as shown below under #1.

However, there is no environment variable TIME_STYLE as shown in #2.

#3 shows the version of the ls command (this all happens with Xubuntu 16.04 LTS).

As shown in the output of #4, ls does not format the date part as long-iso.

Ok, if it is just because the environment variable TIME_STYLE is missing (why?), then I set it in #5 and as a proof that it exists, I echo it in #6.

Despite of that, ls -l in #7 does not honour that!

Of course, if I explicitly require the date format as long iso as shown in #8 the date is formatted that way. But I want to let ls-l always show the date as long-iso without having to tell it on every incvocation and I also want to avoid to create an alias for ls -l which incorporates this parmeter (which of course would be easy to do, but that’s not sportsmanlike).

What’s wrong here? Some basic misunderstanding? Or is it really a bug? I can’t really beleive it in ls -l!

a@v:~$   cat /etc/profile.local                 # 1 export TIME_STYLE=long-iso a@v:~$   echo "$  {TIME_STYLE}"                   # 2  a@v:~$   ls --version                           # 3 ls (GNU coreutils) 8.25 ... a@v:~$   ls -l /etc/profile.local               # 4 -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 27 Dez 30 19:18 /etc/profile.local a@v:~$   TIME_STYLE=long-iso                    # 5 a@v:~$   echo "$  {TIME_STYLE}"                   # 6 long-iso a@v:~$   ls -l /etc/profile.local               # 7 -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 27 Dez 30 19:18 /etc/profile.local a@v:~$   ls -l --time-style="$  {TIME_STYLE}" /etc/profile.local  # 8 -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 27 2018-12-30 19:18 /etc/profile.local a@v:~$